EyeOpener, an innovative Tribune Media syndicated morning show, is looking for a Social Media Producer/Curator who can monitor, predict and interpret trending topics for our two hour live morning show based in Dallas.
In this new position you will use a variety of cutting edge tools to engage the online audience, participate in their conversations, and produce elements of the most interesting and popular stories for use in the morning. You will make decisions about show content based on what is happening each day in the online universe; work with show producers to make sure our broadcasts reflect those conversations; and create new content that encourages participation among our hosts and viewers.
You must be able to sift through the clutter of diverse social media to find the topics and stories that will be most interesting to our viewers and to drive strong engagement every day. You must also have the intuition and production sense of a television producer to translate the most compelling online conversations into vibrant material for a fast paced live morning show.
A familiarity with current social media tools and aggregation services is helpful, as well as video and graphic applications to produce new, attention-grabbing content. You must understand the role social media plays in entertaining and informing a very diverse audience, and understand that tastes and trends can turn on a dime.
You must be a self-starter and independent thinker. You must be able to curate all the material of the day and look ahead to what will be the hot talking points tomorrow. You must be able to produce interesting and compelling segments while keeping an eye on the conversations that are still developing. You should have an excellent understanding of pop culture, current trends and current headlines. Every day you must make good decisions and deliver results with no hand holding. If you don’t already spend a dangerous amount of time online, looking for great stories, trends or video, you will not succeed in this job. You must love working with a diverse and offbeat staff who like putting square pegs in round holes.
Candidates must know a good story and a hot topic when they see it. You must be able to work under tight deadlines during off-peak hours, including overnights. You’ll need to be detail oriented, tech savvy and have an appreciation for the often strange things that go viral. Good writing skills are helpful, but the ability to put together good talking points is just as important. Candidates must understand and appreciate the demands of a live show and feed the beast every day.
Experience working on live newscasts is desirable. But candidates should also be familiar with producing entertaining web content, either for a commercial site or for your own websites, pages or blogs.
This is not your standard newsroom position. It is an unusual job in a unique environment.
We value solid newsroom & digital technology experience, but you must also be smart, clever, creative and have an edgy sense of humor. You have to be able to find the same kinds of things you enjoy clicking on. Lots of it. Every day.
We need your resume and an interesting letter telling us about yourself. We need to know what you have done in the past and for whom. If there are links to sites, pages or blogs, we want them. You should also include data on increases in readership or quantitative results. Applications that don’t include these things will not be considered. Period. We love people who want to do new things and take chances. BUT, if you haven’t worked in a television or web environment before, this is not the place to start.
Tribune Media is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Drug Free Workplace.
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